Brooklyn, Mich - It was a picture perfect day for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing as they trounced the competition, earning top honors at the Sears 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, July 26. Taking the win by a margin of...
Brooklyn, Mich - It was a picture perfect day for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing as they trounced the competition, earning top honors at the Sears 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, July 26.
Taking the win by a margin of 11.477 seconds gave Gaughan his fourth victory in this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and moved him to the top of the series standings. Tied with Travis Kvapil with 2000 points each, Gaughan holds the top slot based on his four wins.
"My guys rock," stated Gaughan emphatically. "I know everyone is always saying how good their team is, but this is different. We are much more like a family than a team and these guys are awesome. Their hard work, and incredible pit stops are making the difference between winning and losing."
Qualifying his No. 62 Orleans Dodge in sixth place, Gaughan was ready to rock and roll on the 2-mile Michigan Speedway oval. "What a fun place to drive," he smiled. "You can race from the bottom to the top. The high side worked really well for us. Our Dodges are set for long runs and this actually was a perfect day from start to finish."
Making his first pit stop under the first and only yellow during the race, Gaughan just took on four tires and fuel. "Our Dodge couldn't have been any better. There was no need to make any adjustments," he said. Pulling back out, it didn't take long before he was at the head of the field. Page 2
Assuming the lead on Lap 47, Gaughan pulled ahead and gained a four-second lead before making his second and final pit stop of the day under Green on Lap 73. Once again, it was a perfect stop. With four new tires and a full tank of fuel, Gaughan moved back on to the track and seven laps later he was back out in front and never had to look back.
"In the beginning, I was drafting with Robert Pressley, explains. "He was a great help, in fact, at one point he came back for me and I owe him a big thanks for helping. Everyone in this series is extremely professional and that's part of what makes the racing so good."
Averaging 154.044 mph, Gaughan's margin of victory was the third widest in the series history and also the fastest race.